The Toyota Tacoma compact pickup currently leads the U.S. midsize pickup market. The 2005 generation packed more power than its predecessors and shipped with eighteen possible configurations. You can keep your Tacoma’s steering system driving straight by remembering a few troubleshooting basics.

Step 1

Check the power steering fluid monthly to make sure it remains between warm and cold levels. Use Dexron II or III automatic transmission fluid. Make sure the fluid is clean and free of air bubbles. Check the hoses and power steering belt to make sure they aren’t loose.

Step 2

Service the rack and pinion assembly and steering linkage every 15,000 miles.